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Journalist Looks at the NFL and Growing Recognition of the Medical Benefits of Marijuana

Influential Associated Press journalist Eddie Pells recently wrote a piece that touched on the challenges the NFL faces with regarding to the growing acceptance of Marijuana use, especially as researchers uncover the drug’s “possible benefits for concussions.”

The article quoted retired NFL defensive lineman Marvin Washington, who said: “It’s not, ‘let’s go smoke a joint. It’s, ‘what if you could take something that helps you heal faster from a concussion, that prevents your equilibrium from being off for two weeks and your eyesight for being off for four weeks?'”file0001845888789

Pells noted that Washington, who is part of the concussion lawsuit, “is working with a bio-pharmaceutical and phyto-medical company called KannaLife Sciences that recently received licensing from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a drug to treat concussions using derivatives from medical marijuana.”

He went on to note the NFL’s sluggish reaction as far as recognizing the positive benefits of the drug.

“The league s threshold for a positive test remains 10 times lower than that of WADA, which changed its limit last year in a nod to the reality that the drug is not a performance enhancer,” he wrote.

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SLI’s Seventh Annual Impact Awards Set for October 30

The Sports Legacy Institute will hold its 7th Annual Impact Awards dinner on the night of October 30 at the Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston.

The event annually attracts 250 supporters, including former athletes and experts in the field. The 2013 event raised approximately $350,000 for concussion prevention, education, and research.Chris

Organizers of the event annually present the Impact Award, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to our mission “to advance the study, treatment, and prevention of the effects of brain trauma in athletes and other at-risk groups.”

Last year’s winner was the WWE. Stephanie McMahon and Paul Levesque accepted the award on behalf of the wrestling entity.

Past honorees have included:

  • The Ivy League, accepted by Executive Director Robin Harris
  • Boston University Professor Dr. Ann McKee
  • Former New England Patriot Kevin Turner & the Kevin Turner Foundation
  • The NFL, accepted by Commissioner Roger Goodell
  • Former New England Patriot Ted Johnson
  • Former NHL player Keith Primeau
  • Professional Boxer & WBU Champion Micky Ward
  • Captain William B. Reynolds (ret.)

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Football Association’s Lead Doctor Sounds Alarm about Concussions and the Risk to Professional Soccer Clubs

In an exclusive interview with The Mail, Dr. Ian Beasley, who heads the Football Association’s medical team, talked about the concussion crisis and what it could means for soccer clubs.

“Clubs need to be aware that if they make mistakes and something tragic happens to a player after their manager has over-ruled the medic then it’s the club and the manager who become liable,” Dr Beasley told the paper.

“For smaller clubs that could break them financially. We have to make sure they understand what the consequences are.

“What we have to point out to clubs is that if your staff start over-ruling medical staff it may not be next year or the year after, but there are going to be difficulties. In 10 or 15 years if a player comes back and says: ‘I’ve got long-term brain damage because of this [concussion mismanagement]’ then it’s going to be extremely difficult. It will get hauled through the courts and there will be a lot of bad publicity. The clubs will suffer one way or the other. We need to make sure they understand that.

“When you’ve got precedent of a tsunami [the NFL pay out] coming your way the best thing to do is to build your defense properly so you can withstand the tsunami. Because it could come our way there is absolutely no doubt in my mind about that.”

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